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Book: Psychotic Memoirs - Coming out the journey within by David Forest

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categories: Book, Coming of Age Story, Friendships, Romance, Paranoia, Sexuality, Psychosis, Humour, Pathos, Human Psyche


David P Forest

about this book: It was to be an adventure – finding out who I – David – really was!

Psychotic Memoirs is a coming of age story told in the first person about a law and language student who goes to Spain as part of his course. Although 20 the principle character and main voice in the memoirs - David -is as the Spanish would say that is quite naive and not very streetwise. As such David goes to Spain searching for his adult self and adapts to his new environment with partying, drinking and some hashish. There is humour in David's "adventures" as the author sets the scene for what follows.

David's sexuality is a mystery to him and eventually he uses his relative anonymity to explore some of the steamier sides of the big city – Madrid – a train-ride away from the town in which he is living and studying. Unfortunately, as far as David is concerned, he gets spotted by some other foreign-language students and this leads to paranoia and David becoming more vigilant and a little reclusive.

After Christmas vacations – during which David's paranoia is still evident he decides once more to attempt to find himself and is drawn to the Chueca district of Madrid. There he meets Alex and they both begin an intimate attachment and friendship.

Alex's presence provides a much needed relief from David's delving into his own psyche. This relief is short-lived and David's paranoia and sense of alienation grows worse. Alex is a sane confidant to David in his emotional and philosophical rollercoaster-ride which threatens an internal exile as he deconstructs what it means to exist and be human (living, loving, hoping, dying) whilst threatening to rip apart the existential void.

Poetic and poignant the memoirs expose many human needs and metaphysical yearnings which we all could face at different stages in our lives.

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